Soboleva and Kolegov win PGS Gold at Junior Worlds
Double victory for Russia in Valmalenco
The second Junior World Championships to be hosted in Valmalenco (Italy) since 2010 have kicked off with two gold medals for Russia.
While Natalia Soboleva won the women's finals against Emelie Aurange (FRA), Valery Kolegov clinched the men's competition beating Sang-ho Lee (KOR) in the big final.
The 18-year-old raceboarder thus celebrated his career's fourth medal at Junior Worlds after two Golds in La Molina (Spain) in 2012 (PSL and PGS) as well as PSL Silver last year in Erzurum (Turkey) underlining that Russia has a strong young force in the backhand whenever two-time Olympic Champion Vic Wild decides to retire.
It was Soboleva's second JWCS medal after PSL Bronze last year.
Vladislav Shkurikhin rounded out the perfect Russian start into the two-week major event placing third ahead of Austrian young gun Lukas Schneeberger.
On the girls side of things, Cheyenne Loch claimed her career's seventh medal at Junior World Championships rounding out the podium as third while Elizaveta Salikhova (RUS) had to settle with fourth.